Welcome to CyNam 22.2

Welcome to CyNam 22.2

CyNam 22.2 – Web3: Worldwide Wellbeing or Worldwide Weapon?

Date: Tuesday 7th June   2022

Networking: 18:30 – 19:45 (Arcade Tent, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1AQ)

Main event content: 20:00 – 21:30 (Helix Audotorium, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1AQ)

Web3 is said to be the biggest evolutionary leap forward for the internet, introducing us to a new world of DeFi (decentralised finance), but what is it exactly is Web3? Join us for our summer headline event, CyNam 22.2, in collaboration with Cheltenham Science Festival, where we will explore the intricate world of Web3 and the blockchains that lie within it, from NFTs to crypto currencies and the impact they have for finance, security, the environment and society. Could web3, be the change?

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About CyNam

Welcome to the CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) dedicated headline events portal!

CyNam is a platform for enabling the growth and development of people and organisations within Cheltenham’s flourishing cyber technology ecosystem.

CyNam is a UK based Community Interest Company (CIC) which operates as a Not For Profit organisation. 

CyNam’s mission to support the growth and the development of the cyber tech sector is driven by an unselfish aim to serve this community and help create conditions for cyber tech innovation and education.

We provide the capability, community and culture to bring together industry, government and academia.  

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  • Pre-event Networking (18:30pm)

    Please join us in the Arcade tent at Cheltenham Science Festival from 6:30pm for pre-event networking with refreshments. This part of the event has kindly been sponsored by Infosec People

  • Welcome (start time 20:00pm)

    Director of CyNam, Reid Derby and Ladies of Cheltenham Hacking Society Chapter Lead, Dr Nathalie Cole open the event in the Helix Auditorium

  • Opening Keynote - A deep dive into web3, blockchain, crypto and the Nano Foundation

    Co -Director of Nano Foundation George Coxon will be joined by her fellow Co -Director, Colin Lemahieu to give a deep dive into web3, blockchain and crypto and explore if these all will, be the change?

  • Myth Busting Panel Session- Demystifying Web3, blockchain and crypto

    Chaired by Giles Watkins from cyntegra, this panel session will see 4 experts from across the ecosystem come together to discuss the environmental, diversity and technological impacts of web3, blockchain and crypto, and discuss, what does the future look like? Speakers include: Raechel Kelly, Sarah Kenshall and James Phillips

  • Event Close (9:30pm)

  • Networking (9:30pm - 11:00pm)

Speaker Biographies

Event Host, Reid Derby: Reid is Director of Strategy at Cyber Cheltenham, the UK’s largest cyber tech cluster, technology leader with 30 years experience working at the heart of the UK Government in the Cyber Security, Defence and National Security communities. He has led innovation projects in big data, open source software, and cybersecurity, working with a variety of startups, global technology companies and leading academic partners. Reid has formed and led successful innovation teams in government using the Lean Startup methodology introducing entrepreneurial governance to complement traditional management approaches.

Event Host, Dr Nathalie Cole: Dr. Nathalie Cole is the Founder and Chapter Lead of the Ladies of Cheltenham Hacking Society. She changed careers into Cyber in 2019 having formerly trained and worked as a Veterinary Surgeon, and is currently working as a Cyber Engineer in Cheltenham.

Opening Keynote, George Coxon: Co-Director at Nano Foundation | Advisor & Lecturer at The Global Blockchain Initiative | Faculty member of the Zigurat Innovation & Technology Business School Global Masters in Blockchain & Industrial Fellow at the University of East London. A background in Evolutionary Anthropology amplified George’s fascination with social behaviours, giving her a wide understanding of the ways by which efficient, decentralised digital money can empower the underbanked by offering a sustainable and fair medium of exchange anywhere on the planet. George is clear that an economy that is open to all and empowers those that are marginalised, not only financially but also socially and politically, will be more robust and resilient. 

Opening Keynote, Colin Lemahieu: Founder of nano and Co-Director of The Nano Foundation & Appia. Executive & highly experienced software engineer, previously at: Qualcomm, National instruments, AMD, Dell.

Myth Busting Panel Session, Giles Watkins: Giles is the Executive Chairman of Cyntegra and is passionate about making the catastrophic impacts of ransomware a thing of the past. Giles also sits on the ISO Standards Committee for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology which feeds his thirst to continually learning about new technologies and, in particular their real-world applications. Previously Giles has been a Partner at both EY and KPMG with, at various times, leadership roles in Cyber Security, Privacy, Technology Risk and Technology in M&A. Inbetween he founded a Privacy and Identity consultancy, which was acquired by KPMG.

Myth Busting Panel Session, Raechel Kelly: Raechel Kelly is founder of The Liminality, a sustainability consultancy that helps organisations to think regeneratively. She spent 12 years in sustainable finance, working on ESG research, analysis and communications and is Non Executive Director at Good With Money, a consumer finance website. She spearheads the Planet Cheltenham initiative, a local project with charity Vision 21 to create a community climate solutions hub space where people can be empowered to tackle the climate crisis. This includes hosting the Climate Youth Group, setting up the town’s first community fridge and running a doughnut economics learning journey in partnership with the Doughnut Economics Action Lab for 10 residents, one of 10 pilot groups across the UK. She is also a fellow of the RSA and can mostly be found about town, either on her e-bike or on one of her many pairs of rollerskates.

Myth Busting Panel Session: James Phillips, James is a security consultant and researcher working in cyber and networks for Roke. He has been working with computers his entire life, from data centre design, solution architecture, networking, application development and system security; currently James is leading Roke’s Vulnerability Research team. He believes that there is a long journey ahead for Web3.0 to survive the InfoSec battlefield.

Myth Busting Panel Session, Sarah Kenshall: Sarah joined the BPE Technology Team in October 2020, she has significant expertise working with technology clients in the financial services and telecoms sectors, having worked in both sectors as a partner in private practice and as lead lawyer on in-house project secondments.  She has advised on evolving technologies for over 20 years, including on high profile transformational projects, structuring models for commercialising new technologies and accessing data, advising on commercial delivery and providing practical risk analysis and guidance.